Perspectives & Experiences

After completing the Core and Foundation Courses, Environmental Studies majors complete a minimum of 30 credits of Perspectives and Experiences Courses, with at least 3 credits in each category. Perspectives and Experiences are broken up into six categories:

Human and social dimensions

Human and Social Dimensions
Philosophical, literacy, artistic, cultural or ethnographic aspects of how humans envision, value, and interact with the environment.

Bioregional

Bioregional
Place-based analysis of environmental issues or problems within the Pacific Northwest bioregion.

Natural

Natural Sciences
The physical, chemical and biological elements of the environment, including humans.

International

International
Place-based analysis of environmental issues or problems outside of the United States.

Policy

Policy and Decision Making
The intersection of facts and values as applied to governance, and specifically to environmental problems and decision-making.

Fieldwork

Fieldwork
Direct engagement with sites or stakeholders out of the classroom for the purpose of collecting assignment-related material.

To request a course not on the approved list be used to fulfill a Perspectives and Experiences requirement, please fill out a completed course substitution petition at: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/poeadv/148320.

Consult the Course Schedule page for the expected offerings for courses used in core, foundation, and capstone requirements of the major

For each course below, click on the course title to view the UW Course Catalog description. Click on the colored dot to view the UW Time Schedule for that particular quarter. An asterisk (*) indicates a special topics course.

2014

Autumn Quarter 2014 Offerings

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Course

Title

Human and Social Dimensions

Natural Sciences

Policy and Decision Making

Bioregional

International

Fieldwork

ANTH/ENVIR 211

Environmental Justice

 

 

 

 

ANTH 361

Anthropology of Food

 

 

 

 

ANTH 479 A*

Climate Change and Nuclear Risk: Oceania

 

 

 

BIOL 356

Foundations in Ecology

 

 

 

 

EDUC 401 N*

Education for Sustainability

 

 

 

 

ENV H 311

Introduction to Environmental Health

 

 

 

 

 

ENV H 440

Waste Water Health

 

 

 

 

ENV H 451

Ecology of Environmentally Transmitted Microbiological Hazards

 

 

 

 

 

ENV H 472

Environmental Risk and Society

 

 

 

 

ENVIR/ESRM 362

Introductory to Restoration Ecology

 

 

 

ENVIR/SOC 379/ESRM 371

Environmental Sociology

 

 

 

 

 

ENVIR/SMEA 476

Introduction to Environmental Law and Process

 

 

 

 

 

ENVIR 480

Sustainability Studio - Biking and Walking for Transportation: Fostering Behavior Change at UW

 

 

 

ENVIR 495 A*

Environmental Innovation Practicum

 

 

 

 

 

ENVIR 495 B*

Urban Farm Lunch Seminar

 

 

 

ENVIR 460

Power, Privilege and Preservation

 

 

 

 

 

ESRM 210

Introductory Soils

 

 

 

 

 

ESRM 320

Marketing and Management from a Sustainability Perspective

 

 

 

 

 

ESRM 325

Environmental Applications of Plants: Bioenergy and Bioremediation

 

 

 

 

 

ESRM 350

Wildlife Biology and Conservation

 

 

 

 

 

ESRM 381

Management of Wildland Recreation and Amenities

 

 

 

 

 

ESRM 403

Forest and Economic Development in an Economic World

 

 

 

 

 

ESRM 425

Ecosystem Management

 

 

 

ESRM 441

Landscape Ecology

 

 

 

 

 

ESRM 490 B*

Economics of Sustainability

 

 

 

 

 

ESRM 490 C*

Restoration Problem Solving: Ecological Engineering

 

 

 

 

FISH 311

Fish Ecology

 

 

 

 

 

FISH 323

Conservation and Management of Aquatic Resources

 

 

 

 

FISH 473

Limnology

 

 

 

 

 

FISH 474

Limnology Laboratory

 

 

 

 

 

JSIS 478

Introductory Landscape Architecture Design Studio

 

 

 

L ARCH 300

Introductory Landscape Architecture Design Studio

 

 

 

 

 

L ARCH 341

Site Planning

 

 

 

 

 

NUTR 300

Nutrition

 

 

 

 

 

SMEA 407

International Organizations and Ocean Management

 

 

 

 

OCEAN /ATM S/ESS 475

Current Research in Climate Science Seminar

 

 

 

 

 

URBDP 450

Introduction to Land Use, Growth Management, and Environmental Planning

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Quarter 2014 Offerings

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Course

Title

Term

Human and Social Dimensions

Natural Sciences

Policy and Decision Making

Bioregional

International

Fieldwork

ANTH 269*

Anthropology of the Wilderness

B Term

 

 

 

 

ANTH 488

Agroecology

Full Term

 

 

 

BIOL 317

Plant Classification and Identification

Full Term

 

 

 

 

BIOL 356

Foundations in Ecology

Full Term

 

 

 

 

 

CHID 250 A* 

Animals, Ethics and Food; Deconstructing Dominant Discourse 

A Term

 

 

 

 

 

ENVIR 384 

Global Environmental Politics

Full Term

 

 

 

 

ENVIR 495 A*

The Urban Farm

A Term

 

 

ENVIR 495 B*

Ecological Restoration:

Human and Social Dimensions

 

Full Term

 

 

 

ENVIR 495 C*

Global Change: Landscape Change in the Pacific Northwest

A Term

 

 

 

ENVIR 495 G*

Science Writing for Impact

A Term

 

 

 

ESRM 210

Soils

A Term

 

 

 

 

ESRM 320

Marketing and Management from a Sustainability Perspective

A Term

 

 

 

 

ESRM 321

Finance and Accounting from a Sustainability Perspective

B Term

 

 

 

 

ESRM 442

Ecology of the Sierra Nevada

Full Term

 

 

 

GEOG 280

Introduction to Geography of Health and Health Care

A Term

 

 

 

 

GEOG 335

Geography of the Developing World

B Term

 

 

 

 

JSIS 478

Global Sustainability Movements

Full Term

 

 

 

 

L ARCH 300

Intro Landscape Architecture Design Studio

Full Term

 

 

 

 

 

L ARCH 498 A*

Reading the Elwah: Exploring Social, Cultural and Biophysical Transitions in the Elwah Watershed

B Term

 

 

L ARCH 498D/598B

Chinese Landscapes and Urbanism

 

 

 

 

 

URBDP

498/598A

Exploring the Washington State Food System

A Term

 

 

 

Spring Quarter 2014 Offerings

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Course

Title

Human and Social Dimensions

Natural Sciences

Policy and Decision Making

Bioregional

International

Fieldwork

ARCTIC 400

Integrating Policy and Science in Artic Studies

 

 

 

BIO A 201

Principles of Biological Anthropology

 

 

 

 

BIOL 305

Science Communication: Video Storytelling in Biology

 

 

 

 

 

BIOL 317

Plant Classification and Identification

 

 

 

 

BIOL 492

Teaching of Biology

 

 

 

 

EDUC 401 K *

Inner Pipeline Seminar: Education for Sustainability

 

 

 

 

ENV H 311

Introduction to Environmental Health

 

 

 

 

 

ENV H 473

Environmental Health Policy and Practice

 

 

 

 

ENV H 490 A*

Environmental Change and Infectious Disease

 

 

 

 

ENVIR/FISH 330

Climate Change Impacts on Marine Ecosystems

 

 

 

 

 

ENVIR 385/ POL S 385

Political Ecology of the World Food System

 

 

 

 

ENVIR/COM 418

Communications and the Environment

 

 

 

 

 

ENVIR 480

Food and the Environment: Life Cycle Analysis of UW Food Purchases

 

 

 

ENVIR 495 A*

The Urban Farm

 

 

ENVIR 495 B* / ENGL 302 B*

Living in Place: Literature and the Environment

 

 

 

 

 

ENVIR 495 E*

Ecopsychology: Revisioning the Human-Nature Relationship

 

 

 

 

ENVIR 495 F*

Growing Stuff: Ecology of Resource Extraction Ecosystems

 

 

ESRM 315

Natural Resource Issues: Old-Growth and Forest Management

 

 

 

ESRM 401

Spring Comes to the Cascades

 

 

 

ESRM 420

Wildland Fire Management

 

 

 

 

ESRM 465

Economics of Conservation

 

 

 

 

 

ESRM 479

Restoration Design

 

 

 

 

ESS 301

Geology of the Northwest

 

 

 

 

FISH 260

Recreational Fisheries: Science, Management and Policy

 

 

 

 

 

FISH 310

Biology of Shellfishes

 

 

 

 

 

FISH 230

Economics of Fisheries and Oceans

 

 

 

 

 

GEOG 370

Problems in Resource Managment

 

 

 

 

 

GEOG 380

Geographical Patterns of Health and Disease

 

 

 

 

JSIS 478 C*

Global Sustainability Movements

 

 

 

 

JSIS 478 E*

Sustainability and Global Business

 

 

 

 

L ARCH 363

Ecological Design and Planning

 

 

 

 

 

NUTR 302

Food Studies

 

 

 

OCEAN 220

Introduction to Field Oceanography

 

 

 

 

SMEA 514

Oil in the Arctic

 

 

 

 

URBDP 300

Introduction to Urban Planning

 

 

 

 

 

URBDP 498 A*

Environmental Planning

 

 

 

 

 

URBDP 498 D*

Transportation and the Environment

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Quarter 2014 Offerings

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Course

Title

Human and Social Dimensions

Natural Sciences

Policy and Decision Making

Bioregional

International

Fieldwork

ANTH 210

Introduction to Environmental Anthropology

 

 

 

 

 

ANTH 406

China's Environment

 

 

 

 

FISH/BIOL 311

Biology of Fishes

 

 

 

 

 

BIOL 356

Foundations in Ecology

 

 

 

 

 

BIOL 476

Conservation Biology

 

 

 

 

 

GEOG 270

Geographies of International Development and Environmental Change

 

 

 

 

GEOG 271

Geography of Food and Eating

 

 

 

 

 

GEOG 280

Intro to the Geography of Health and Healthcare

 

 

 

 

GEOG 302

The Pacific Northwest

 

 

 

 

GEOG 461

Urban GIS

 

 

 

 

 

GEOG 462

Coastal GIS

 

 

 

 

 

GEOG/LSJ 467

Law, Justice and the Environment

 

 

 

 

 

GEOG 495 A*

Geographies of Climate Change

 

 

 

 

JSIS 478 F*

Energy & Sustainability in East Asia

 

 

 

POL S 384

Global Environmental Politics

 

 

 

 

L ARCH 361

The Human Experience of Place

 

 

 

 

 

URBDP 422

Geospatial Analysis

 

 

 

 

 

EDUC 401 K

Inner Pipeline: Education for Sustainability

 

 

 

EDUC 401 P

Environmental Alternative Spring Break

 

 

 

 

C ENV 490 B*

The Future of Ice

 

 

 

 

ENVIR 313/ESS 315

Environmental Earth Science

 

 

 

 

 

ENVIR/SMEA 433

Environmental Degradation in the Tropics

 

 

 

 

ENVIR 480

Sustainability Studio: Climate Action and Renewable Energy

 

 

 

ENVIR 495 A*

Literature, Culture, and the Environment

 

 

 

 

 

ENVIR 495 D*

Environmental Planning and Permitting in Practice

 

 

 

 

 

ENVIR 495 E*

Grant Proposal Practicum

 

 

 

 

 

ENVIR 439

Attaining a Sustainable Society

 

 

 

 

ESRM 311

Soils and Land Use

 

 

 

 

ESRM 321

Finance and Accounting from a Sustainability Perspective

 

 

 

 

 

ESRM 400

Natural Resource Conflict Management

 

 

 

 

 

ESRM 450

Wildlife Management and Conservation

 

 

 

 

 

ESRM 458

Management of Endangered, Threatened, and Sensitive Species

 

 

 

 

ESRM 470

Natural Resource Policy and Planning

 

 

 

 

 

ESRM 473

Restoration in North America

 

 

 

 

 

2013

Autumn Quarter 2013 Offerings

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Course

Title

Human and Social Dimensions

Natural Sciences

Policy and Decision Making

Bioregional

International

Fieldwork

ANTH 459

Culture, Ecology and Politics

 

 

 

 

ENV H 440

Introduction to Environmental Health

 

 

 

EDUC 401 N*

Nature-based Learning and Development

 

 

 

 

ANTH 459

Culture, Ecology and Politics

 

 

 

 

BIOL 356

Foundations in Ecology

 

 

 

 

CEE 250

Environmental Pollution: Emergy and Materials Balance

 

 

 

 

 

EDUC 401 N*

Nature-based Learning and Development

 

 

 

 

ENV H 311

Introduction to Environmental Health

 

 

 

 

ENV H 440

Introduction to Environmental Health

 

 

 

ENV H 451 

Ecology of Environmentally Transmitted Microbiological Hazards

 

 

 

 

 

ENVIR 341 / CHEM E 341

Energy and Environment

 

 

 

 

 

ENVIR 362 / ESRM 362

Introductory to Restoration Ecology

 

 

 

 

ENVIR 379 / ESRM 371

Environmental Sociology

 

 

 

 

 

ENVIR 476 / SMEA 476

Introduction to Environmental Law and Process

 

 

 

 

ENVIR 480

Sustainability Studio

 

 

 

 

ENVIR 495 A*

Environmental Innovation Practicum

 

 

 

 

 

ENVIR 495 C*

Thirst for Solutions: Water in the 21st Century

 

 

 

 

ENVIR 495 D*

Culture and Conservation: Protected Areas Management in Global Perspective

 

 

 

ESRM 210

Introductory Soils

 

 

 

 

ESRM 320

Marketing and Management from a Sustainability Perspective

 

 

 

 

 

ESRM 325

Environmental Applications of Plants: Bioenergy and Bioremediation

 

 

 

 

 

ESRM 350

Wildlife Biology and Conservation

 

 

 

 

 

ESRM 381

Management of Wildland Recreation and Amenities

 

 

 

 

 

ESRM 403

Forest and Economic Development in an Economic World

 

 

 

 

 

ESRM 425

Ecosystem Management

 

 

 

ESRM 472

Wetland Ecology

 

 

 

 

ESRM 490 B*

Economics of Sustainability

 

 

 

 

 

ESRM 490 C*

Restoration Problem Solving: Ecological Engineering

 

 

 

 

FISH 311

Fish Ecology

 

 

 

 

 

FISH 323

Conservation and Management of Aquatic Resources

 

 

 

 

 

FISH 473 / BIOL 473

Limnology

 

 

 

 

 

FISH 474 / BIOL 474

Limnology Laboratory

 

 

 

 

 

JSIS 478 A*

Water and Security in the Middle East

 

 

 

 

JSIS 482 A*

Arctic Insecurities

 

 

 

L ARCH 300

Introductory Landscape Architecture Design Studio

 

 

 

 

 

L ARCH 341

Site Planning

 

 

 

 

 

SCAND/EURO 490

Capitalism: As If It Really Mattered

 

 

 

 

 

URBDP 450

Introduction to Land Use, Growth Management, and Environmental Planning

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Quarter 2013 Offerings

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Course

Title

Term

Human and Social Dimensions

Natural Sciences

Policy and Decision Making

Bioregional

International

Fieldwork

ANTH 488

Agroecology

A Term

 

 

 

BIOL 240

The Urban Farm

A Term

 

 

 

 

BIOL 317

Plant Classification and Identification

Full Term

 

 

 

 

CHID 250 A* 

Animals, Ethics and Food; Deconstructing Dominant Discourse 

B Term

 

 

 

 

 

ENVIR 459 / ANTH 459 

Culture, Ecology and Politics 

B Term

 

 

 

 

ENVIR 495 A*

Environmental Writing

B Term

 

 

 

ENVIR 495 D*

Global Change

A Term

 

 

 

ESRM 320

Marketing and Management from a Sustainability Perspective

A Term

 

 

 

 

ESRM 321

Finance and Accounting from a Sustainability Perspective

B Term

 

 

 

 

ESRM 416

Field Survey of Wildland Soils

Full Term

 

 

 

ESRM 490 B*

Ecology of the Sierra Nevada

Full Term

 

 

 

ESRM 491 A*

Ecology of the Natural Forests of the Cascade Range

B Term

 

 

 

GEOG 335

Geography of the Developing World

A Term

 

 

 

 

GEOG 495*

The Geographies of Climate Change

A Term

 

 

 

 

JSIS 478

Global Sustainability Movements

Full Term

 

 

 

 

L ARCH 300

Intro Landscape Architecture Design Studio

Full Term

 

 

 

 

 

L ARCH 498 A*

Reading the Elwah: Exploring Social, Cultural and Biophysical Transitions in the Elwah Watershed

B Term

 

 

URBDP 300

Introduction to Urban Planning

Full Term

 

 

 

 

 

URBDP 498 D*

Open Source Tools for Analysis and Visualization

Full Term

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Quarter 2013 Offerings

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Course

Title

Human and Social Dimensions

Natural Sciences

Policy and Decision Making

Bioregional

International

Fieldwork

ARCHY 320

Archaeology of the Northwest Coast

 

 

 

 

BIO A 201

Principles of Biological Anthropology

 

 

 

 

BIOL 305

Science Communication: Video Storytelling in Biology

 

 

 

 

 

BIOL 317

Plant Classification and Identification

 

 

 

 

BIOL 492

Teaching of Biology

 

 

 

 

EDUC 401 K *

Inner Pipeline Seminar: Education for Sustainability

 

 

 

 

ENVIR/FISH 330

Climate Change Impacts on Marine Ecosystems

 

 

 

 

 

ENVIR 385/ POL S 385

Political Ecology of the World Food System

 

 

 

 

ENVIR/PHIL 416

Ethics and Climate Change

 

 

 

 

 

ENVIR/COM 418

Communications and the Environment

 

 

 

 

 

ENVIR 480

Greening Up the University's Investments

 

 

 

ENVIR 495 B / ENGL 365 *

Living in Place: Literature and the Environment

 

 

 

 

 

ENVIR 495 F *

Growing Stuff: Ecology of Resource Extraction Ecosystems

 

 

ENVIR 495 G *

Plastics Unwrapped: Speaker Series and Dicussion Seminar

 

 

 

 

ESRM 315

Natural Resource Issues: Old-Growth and Forest Management

 

 

 

 

ESRM 401

Spring Comes to the Cascades

 

 

 

ESRM 465

Economics of Conservation

 

 

 

 

 

ESRM 479

Restoration Design

 

 

 

 

ESS 305

Geology of the National Parks

 

 

 

 

 

FISH 310

Biology of Shellfishes

 

 

 

 

 

FISH 424

Biology and Culture of Aquatic Organisms

 

 

 

 

FRENCH/LIT 228

The Imagination of Water

 

 

 

 

GEOG 370

Problems in Resource Managment

 

 

 

 

 

GEOG 380

Geographical Patterns of Health and Disease

 

 

 

 

GEOG 480

Environmental Geography, Climate and Health

 

 

 

 

JSIS 482 A

Business in the Arctic: Working with Law and Policy in Resource Development

 

 

 

 

JSIS 482 B

Indigenous Land Claim Treaties in North America and the Arctic

 

 

 

 

L ARCH 363

Ecological Design and Planning

 

 

 

 

 

OCEAN 220

Introduction to Field Oceanography

 

 

 

 

SMEA 485

Pacific Recreation and Tourism Issues

 

 

 

 

URBDP 300

Introduction to Urban Planning

 

 

 

 

 

URBDP 498 D*

Transportation and the Environment

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Quarter 2013 Offerings

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Course

Title

Human and Social Dimensions

Natural Sciences

Policy and Decision Making

Bioregional

International

Fieldwork

ANTH 361

Anthropology of Food

         

ANTH 487

Cultures and Politics of Environmental Justice

         

ANTH 475 A*

NW Native Peoples and Flora of the Pacific NW

 

   

BIOL 356

Foundations in Ecology

 

       

BIOL 476

Conservation Biology

 

       

CEP 498 A*

Shaping Your Urban Future: Local Planning, Governance, and Leadership

   

     

ENGL 365

Literature and Discourse on the Environment: "The Human Animal"

         

GEOG 270

Geographies of International Development and Environmental Change

     

 

GEOG 271

Geography of Food & Eating

         

GEOG 280

Geography of Health and Healthcare

     

 

GEOG 302

The Pacific Northwest

   

   

GEOG 461

Urban GIS

   

     

GEOG 462

Coastal GIS

   

     

JSIS 478 C*

Growth and the Environment

   

 

 

JSIS 478 F*

Energy and Sustainability in East Asia

   

 

 

JSIS 486 A*

Climate Change and Global Health in SE Asia

   

 

 

LIT 298

Topics in Literature and Culture: Literature, Culture and the Environment

         

EDUC 401 P*

Environmental Alternative Spring Break

   

   

EDUC 401 K*

Pipeline Seminar: Education for Sustainability

   

   

FISH 311

Biology of Fishes

 

       

FISH 478

Topics in Sustainable Fisheries

 

 

 

 

ENVIR 313

Environmental Earth Science

 

 

 

 

 

ENVIR 433

Environmental Degradation in the Tropics

 

 

 

 

ENVIR 480

Sustainability Studio: Zero Waste Campus: from You to UW

   

 

ESRM 311

Soils and Land Use

 

 

   

ESRM 321

Finance and Accounting from a Sustainability Perspective

 

 

     

ESRM 400

Natural Resource Conflict Management

 

 

     

ESRM 450

Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

 

 

     

ESRM 458

Management of Endangered, Threatened, and Sensitive Species

   

     

ESRM 473

Restoration in North America

 

       

SMEA 480

Human Dimensions of Fishery Management

   

     

ENV H 472

Environmental Risk and Society

 

       

 

2012

Autumn Quarter 2012 Offerings

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Course

Title

Human and Social Dimensions

Natural Sciences

Policy and Decision Making

Bioregional

International

Fieldwork

ANTH 461

Historical Ecology

BIOL 315

Biological Impacts of Climate Change

BIOL 356

Foundations in Ecology

BIOL 492 B*

Teaching of Biology

CEE 250

Enviornmental Pollution: Energy and Materials Balance

   

EDUC 401 N*

Nature-based Learning and Development

 

ENV H 311

Introduction to Environmental Health

ENV H 451

Ecology of Environmentally Transmitted Microbiologial Hazards

ENVIR 341
/ CHEM E 341

Energy and Environment

ENVIR 362
/ ESRM 362

Introductory to Restoration Ecology

ENVIR 379
/ ESRM 371

Environmental Sociology

ENVIR 384
/ POL S 384

Global Environmental Politics

ENVIR 416 / PHIL 416

Ethics and Climate Change

 

 

 

 

 

ENVIR 476
/ SMA 476

Introduction to Environmental Law and Process

ENVIR 480

Sustainability Studio

ENVIR 495 A*

Environmental Innovation Practicum

ENVIR 495 C*

Land Use Planning and Permitting in Practice

 

 

 

 

 

ESRM 210

Introductory Soils

ESRM 250

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems in Forest Resources

 

ESRM 320

Marketing and Management from a Sustainability Perspective

ESRM 350

Wildlife Biology and Conservation

ESRM 381

Management of Wildland Recreation and Amenities

ESRM 425

Ecosystem Management

ESRM 470

Natural Resource Policy and Planning

ESRM 472

Wetland Ecology

ESRM 490 B*

Environmental Problems and Market Based Solutions

FISH 323

Conservation and Management of Aquatic Resources

FISH 452
/ OCEAN 452

Spatial Information Technology in Ecosystem Sciences

 

FISH 473
/ BIOL 473

Limnology

FISH 474
/ BIOL 474

Limnology Laboratory

GEOG 335 / JSIS 335

Geography of the Developing World

 

GEOG 360

Principles of GIS Mapping

 

JSIS 478 B*

Water and Security in the Middle East

JSIS 478 J*

Rise of Global Cities and the Challenges of Economic and Environmental Change

L ARCH 300

Introductory Landscape Architecture Design Studio

L ARCH 341

Site Planning

L ARCH 361

The Human Experience of Place

SMEA 430

Development and the Enviornment

URBDP 450

Introduction to Land Use, Growth Management, and Environmental Planning